January 17, 2015 Life of Christ-Casting out Demons
Memorize: Luke 5:20–So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Read: Mark 5:1-20
Monday: Maybe it was a Wednesday, or a Thursday, but the actual day didn’t matter. It was a day just like every other day, except the disciples were starting to wonder if there lives were going to ever be normal again. Jesus was into his three year ministry now, and He set sail for the land of the Gerasenes. The Gerasenes were Gentile people who lived on the East side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had just stilled the Sea of Galilee, and people were talking. They were amazed and were saying, “who is this that even the wind and waves obey him?” They had never seen power like Jesus displayed and they were baffled by it. Could He be what he claims? Could He be the long awaited Messiah?
Tuesday: The confrontation between the powers of heaven and hell are nowhere seen in better perspective than in Mark’s account of the encounter of the Gerasene demoniac with our Lord Jesus Christ. Immediately as this weary group which Jesus was a part of disembarked from the ship, they were met by what appeared to be a madman. The man was so strong that he could not even be bound by chains (3). People stopped trying to seize him and began to avoid him. Those who encountered him daily were at a loss.
Wednesday: When the demons noticed Jesus approaching they immediately knew
their defeat and threw the man to his knees before Jesus. They knew the power that was coming toward them. The man pleaded with Jesus not to send him out of the area. Jesus even had to power to give the demons (called Legion because there were many) permission to inhabit another creature. “Send us into the pigs” the demons begged. Jesus allowed them to go into the pigs, and immediately the herd of about 2,000 pigs rushed down the hillside into the sea and were drowned. The man wanted to stay with Jesus, but Jesus instead told him to share his story with others and let them know what Jesus did for him.
Thursday: What would it have been like living in that area in that day? Jesus calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee which was known for its severe storms, and now Jesus healed a man whose actions were terrifying. Would it have been enough to persuade you that He was the Messiah? Even then, some believed and some denied him.
Friday: Most of us have never seen demonic possession outside of Hollywood, but we have ourselves been bound and a slave to lust, greed, pride, or other sins. The Lord can take captive these thoughts and as He cast out the demons in the man, He can help you become free from these things that grip you. You have to be willing though. The power is there, but if you are holding on to the sin as tightly as it is holding on to you, then Jesus is not going to force you to let it go. Have you ever seen a life transformed? Have you ever noticed a change in someone before receiving Christ and after receiving Christ? Have you noticed a life that was changed because they got to know Jesus? That life can be yours. Do you believe it? Jesus is the Messiah. He has proven it, and he asks us daily to surrender our hearts to him so